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Assistant professor in Digital Soil Mapping
The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark, is offering a position as Assistant professor focusing on Digital Soil Mapping. The position will be available from 1st October or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be available for a 4-year period.You will be part of a working environment focusing on research, teaching and supervision within the field of Digital Soil Mapping, and participate in different research projects. You will contribute to research on understanding soil physico-chemical and hydrological processes, as well as achieving quantitative insight into the spatial distribution of soil characteristics at a local, regional and national scale. The main focus of your position will be (1) local- to national-scale mapping of soil properties, such as soil texture, soil organic carbon content and stocks, in particular in wetland areas, (2) use of remotely and proximally sensed data to improve the modelling of soil characteristics, and (3) application of spatial modelling techniques from geostatistics-based methods to state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms, also involving uncertainty assessment and model interpretation.  We expect that you will be an active part of the research environment and that you will contribute positively to the social working environment. We also expect that you will take part in our teaching activities and that you will report research results in high-impact scientific journals.Your profileWe are searching for a highly motivated candidate who hasA PhD  in geography, geology, biology, agricultural sciences, natural resources management or similar or similarCollaborative skills and ability to participate actively in teamsResearch experience in some of the areas of Digital soil mappingExcellent knowledge of statistical analyses and modelling with methods from geostatistics to machine learningStrong knowledge of GIS and programming languages, such as R and PythonNetworking experienceDocumented experience in scientific writing and publication in peer-reviewed scientific journalsTeaching and supervision experience at BSc, MSc and PhD levelExperience in contributing with writing research proposals for external fundingFurther, we will prefer candidates with some of the following qualifications:Experience in planning and conducting field workInsight into wetland landscapes and soilsExperience with soil physico-chemical processesKnowledge in obtaining, processing and analysing remotely sensed dataExperience with management and analysis of large datasetsWho we areAt the Department of Agroecology, our main goal is to contribute to sustainable solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems within the areas of soil, plants, animals, humans, and the environment. We want to make a difference by contributing to both fundamental knowledge generation and the attainment of sustainable production systems via state-of-the-art research, contracted policy advice, and education. We offer state-of-the-art laboratories, greenhouses, semi-field, and field-scale research facilities, advanced computing capacities as well as an extensive national and international researcher network.  The department consists of seven research sections with around 270 highly dedicated employees, of which approximately 50% are scientific staff. More information can be found here.What we offerAn informal and multicultural research environment with high professionalism, where accountability, commitment, helpfulness, flexibility, and close collaboration is a prerequisite solving the core tasksA good social environment with activities and routines that make it possible to talk across and strengthen the collegial relationship, and where mutual trust, respect, kindness, and professional sparring are emphasizedA flexible workplace with a good work-life balanceAn exciting and varied working environment, where two days rarely resemble each other. We are often busy, and we work creatively for solutions to societal challengesSubsidized preschool child care and a free education system from primary school up to university levelUniversal health insurance as a resident of Denmark, including family members officially residing in DenmarkFive weeks paid holiday per yearIn connection with childbirth: the right to have a total of 52 weeks shared maternal/paternal leave with full or partial salary payPlace of WorkThe place of work is Aarhus University, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele (Campus Viborg). The affiliation will be with the Department of Agroecology.More information can be obtained from Professor Mogens H. Greve: greve@agro.au.dk. Application procedureShortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.Letter of referenceIf you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.Formalities and salary range Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.Aarhus University Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/
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